OTTAWA – Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says the federal Liberals will table a budget on April 19.
It will be the first federal budget in more than two years after the government opted not to introduce one in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in Canada.
BREAKING: The next federal budget will be tabled on April 19th. Finance Minister @cafreeland made the announcement in the House of Commons. It has been more than two years since the last budget. #cdnpoli
— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) March 23, 2021
It will also be Freeland’s first budget as finance minister; she took on the portfolio last summer following Bill Morneau’s resignation.
The budget is expected to provide a full accounting of all government spending through the pandemic, which has sent the deficit for the fiscal year to almost $400 billion.
It is also expected to outline the Liberals’ plan to spend between $70 billion and $100 billion over the coming years in fiscal stimulus to help the economy recover.
The government has previously said the spending plan will include measures to create a national child-care system, improve skills training and help green the economy.